• Road Soda Bar Creates Artisan Cocktails That Travel to Your Event

     
    POSTED November 3, 2015
     
  • Road Soda Bar Creates Artisan Cocktails That Travel to Your Event

     
    POSTED November 3, 2015
     

Road Soda Bar blends two ofthe-moment trends: vintage trailers and bespoke cocktails. The company can drive both right into your event, whether it’s an off-road or urban location, via its refurbished 1967 Airstream Land Yacht. The trailer is a traveling speakeasy with its atypical built-ins that include specialty ice and frozen-drink machines, dispensers for on-tap artisan cocktails and a kicky red VIP booth.

As Mark Wiseberg, Road Soda’s cofounder and director of design and logistics, explains, the genesis of the idea came from music festivals in which VIP areas are set up backstage with a complimentary bar sponsored by a liquor company. “Road Soda solves the problem of subpar drinks at events,” Wiseberg says. Instead of bartenders making do in a temporary tent setup, the specifically engineered mobile bar allows them to dispense high-end cocktails in any outdoor setting. Ingredients include topshelf spirits, fresh-squeezed juices, homemade syrups and seasonal infusions; all can be premixed in kegs and served much like draft beer.

Since its 2013 launch, the trailer has crisscrossed the country (pulled by an equally sleek Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van). It has, arguably, made its biggest splash in California, parking at such events as the Neon Carnival (a large Coachella after-party), Taste in LA, San Diego Spirits Festival, a Cinco de Mayo celebration for 300 sponsored by Don Julio Tequila in Venice, and providing a bespoke cocktail experience for The Jimmy Kimmel Show in Hollywood. The pop-up bar can serve 25 to 4,500 attendees (augmented by satellite bars). “We fill a small niche the event world was missing,” says Wiseberg, speedily delivering mass quantities of quality cocktails. 

Event planners often prepare for the worst, but one thing they likely didn’t anticipate was a global pandemic when selecting event cancellation insurance policies for their 2020 gatherings. Panicked planners began contacting Marcia McKinney, owner of Northeast Insurance Advisors, in late February and early March, but as meetings and events ground to a halt, they were already out of luck.

“It’s kind of like trying to buy homeowner’s insurance as your house is starting to catch fire... it’s too late,” says McKinney.

 

Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth is one of six recipients of the James Beard Foundation’s 2020 America’s Classics Award, which is given to locally owned restaurants that have timeless appeal and are beloved regionally for quality food that reflects the character of their community. Per the foundation, “Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, a chicken dinner behemoth positioned between Detroit and Michigan’s summer lake destination, is decidedly on the beaten path. William Zehnder Sr. and his wife, Emilie, bought a former hotel in 1928.

 

In early April Detroit’s TCF Center became a 1,000-bed alternate care site to help ease the burden on local hospitals during the COVID-19 crisis. The 723,000-square-foot facility became the TCF Regional Care Center. According to Pure Michigan’s Michelle Grinnell, who serves as public information officer for the state’s alternate care sites, 39 patients were treated at TCF, the last of whom was discharged on May 7.